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A bit more news in the continuing saga of the Vodafone Australia massive data breach. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Vodafone has fired several of its staff in connection with the data breach and contacted the NSW police.

The Morning Herald article goes on to state that Vodafone refuses to say how many staff were sacked or in which part of the organization they worked for.

The Morning Herald says that Vodafone will continue to change on a daily basis the password to its customer system web portal; previously the company changed it only once a month which was one reason given for the breach.

The situation is looking less and less like that "one-off breach" that Vodafone's CEO Nigel Dew claimed when the breach became public.

In related news, the law firm Piper Alderman now has 15,000 Vodafone customers interested in joining a class action lawsuit against Vodafone for its poor service. It was about 9,000 ten days ago.

And apparently, the Australian Privacy Commissioner who is investigating Vodafone over the data breach, can't fine the company for breaking Australian privacy laws. The Morning Herald says that, "under current laws the commissioner cannot fine companies if the agency instigates its own investigation."

Look for that law to be changed in the wake of this breach.

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Why the Internet Needs the InterPlanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

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Carl De Torres

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, the world made an unprecedented shift to remote work. As a precaution, some Internet providers scaled back service levels temporarily, although that probably wasn’t necessary for countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, which were generally able to cope with the surge in demand caused by people teleworking (and binge-watching Netflix). That’s because most of their networks were overprovisioned, with more capacity than they usually need. But in countries without the same level of investment in network infrastructure, the picture was less rosy: Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa and Venezuela, for instance, reported significant strain.

But is overprovisioning the only way to ensure resilience? We don’t think so. To understand the alternative approach we’re championing, though, you first need to recall how the Internet works.

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